New fitness tests start for Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputies

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - New deputies hired by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in 2013 will have to pass a fitness test to get hired.

In the past, the hiring process included a medical exam and other testing, but there were no physical fitness standards, officials said.

New sworn personnel will now be required to demonstrate their physical fitness by:

  • Running one and a half miles in 15-1/2 minutes or less
  • Sprinting 300 meters in under 66 seconds
  • Performing 25 pushups in under one minute
  • Performing 30 sit-ups in under one minute

"The new standards were to assure that deputies were even better prepared to handle the rigorous physical demands of the job, reduce costly and debilitating on-the-job injuries and keep overall employee healthcare costs down throughout the agency," Larimer County officials said in a news release.

The new physical fitness standards are voluntary for current personnel, but they will be offered incentives to meeting guidelines.